On the road to Rio!

As if we don’t have enough exciting sporting events to watch: the Euros, Wimbledon etc. then now have the Olympics nearly upon us too!

In true Gorse Hill fashion, we wanted to commemorate the forthcoming Olympics in style.  So, we invited Mark Foster, the Olympic swimmer to come in and talk to the children.  Some of you might know him from Strictly Come Dancing too.

He gave a very motivational assembly which encouraged the children to dream big and to aim high.  He also stressed the importance of hard work and determination in the face of adversity.  This struck a chord with the children as this is what we are all about at Gorse Hill.

Mark stayed for a while and joined in some of the dance workshops with the children.  Each year group learned and performed a dance associated with one of the many nations taking part in the Olympic games.  For example, the Reception children did the Samba as they are currently learning about the host nation, Brazil.

Mark also stayed on and officially opened our Forest School Area.  It was particularly funny to watch him struggle with the blunt school scissors in order to cut through the ribbon!  Mrs Bates was right we should have given him a pair of secateurs!

He really was  a lovely genuine guy who was interested in what we were doing as a school and the pupils achievements.  He got really stuck in with the dancing too!  Look out for him as he is part of the BBC commentary team for the swimming events in Rio.

He will be sending some signed photos of himself for the children so look out for those in their book bag.

Enjoy his motivational assembly below.

IMG_5761 from Nicola Nelson on Vimeo.

IMG_5762 from Nicola Nelson on Vimeo.

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